August 7, 2012 Subject:
The French Professor (The Life of Riley).
Season 1, episode 4.
Original air date: 25 Octoberr 1949.
Riley discovers a letter written to his daughter in french, investigating he discovers it is from her teacher who Bab`s has a huge crush on.
Cast: Jackie Gleason (Chester A. Riley), Rosemary DeCamp (Peg Riley), John Brown (Digby `Digger` O`Dell), Gloria Winters (Babs Riley), Lanny Rees (Junior Riley), Marten Lamont (Professor Andre Lafayette/ Andy Lafferty), Harry Lauter (George), Teddy Unfuhr (Fresh Boy) and James Wallington (Announcer: uncredited).
February 24, 2011 Subject:
wow this is the first time i have seen the character digby odell. why isnt he in any of the william bendix ones? pretty awful though jackies chester rieley makes carroll o'connors archie bunker seem like a saint
August 13, 2008 Subject:
Poor Quality Print, But still good
The print is terrible, running at a mere 22 minutes instead of it's original 25 or so. Still, Jackie Gleason is always charming, so this isn worth watching.
March 1, 2008 Subject:
Another episode of the ultra-rare 1949-1950 TV series "The Life of Riley". This series was among the first to be produced on film instead of Kinescope, Although judging by the picture quality this appears to be a VHS transfer. It ran for one season, and is best remembered for starring Jackie Gleason before he did "The Honeymooners". Hardly comedy genius, But this very charming and amusing. The writing is typical for the period, But the production techniques are unusual for the period: Most sitcoms back then featured a studio audience, This show doesn't; It was produced on film instead of being kinescoped; There is no main sponsor; and it runs a mere 22 minutes instead of the usual 25. Overall worth seeing if you interested in early TV.